Birmingham’s Carling Cup final day will be lacking one important piece of tradition: they won’t be wearing their Cup final suits. The Blues had placed an order with Harvey Nichols for £9,000 to supply their squad with kits.
But after dithering over the colour, Birmingham’s players will not have the specially tailored suits in time for their pre-match amble on the Wembley turf.
The players had asked for suits which complemented the club’s official ties, which are a mixture of navy blue, sky blue and white, but were told that those colours were not available. A shame indeed because a sky blue Cup final suit could have gone down as one of football’s great fashion disasters.
After much soul-searching following their discovery that their preferred colour palette was unavailable, the squad eventually decided that they would go with one of the colours suggested by Harvey Nichols.
But by that time it was too late and the suits will not be ready in time for Sunday’s clash with Arsenal.
A source told the Telegraph: “There was a bit of dilly-dallying by the players but it has since got a bit messy. However, we understand Alex has sorted out any confusion. It’s not going to detract from the day.”
Considering the club’s owners are from Hong Kong, you would think that they would be the Premier League team best placed to arrange tailored suits at short notice!